Kettering man arrested in White House crash

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 5:53 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 5:53 PM


            Kettering man arrested in White House crash

A Kettering man crashed a Jeep into a security perimeter and then jumped the fence at the White House because he wanted to spray-paint the Revolutionary War-era “Don’t Tread on Me” snake on the grounds, authorities said in court documents Tuesday.

The man, identified in federal court documents as Joseph Reel, 32, of Kettering was charged with destruction of government property after the incident in the predawn hours of Sunday.

Reel’s wife, Rebekah Reel, told the Dayton Daily News Tuesday night she was shocked when U.S. Secret Service agents showed up at her apartment at 6 a.m. Sunday and confiscated her computer. It was the first Rebekah knew of where her husband was located since he left Thursday morning after they got in a fight the night before.

“It sounds nothing like my husband,” said Rebekah, 26, who added Reel was an ex-Army medic who served in the Iraq war.

The Secret Service said Reel, who records show is a registered Republican who voted in the November general election, went to elaborate lengths in his quest to breach White House security so he could leave behind his political message, according to a CNN report.

Reel told officers that he conducted “surveillance” of the White House complex on Saturday “looking for a way in.”

Sunday, about 3 a.m. he returned in a Jeep Patriot, according to the charges. He attached a wood block to the accelerator and set the vehicle on its way — unoccupied — ramming into a light post, a bicycle rack and a steel security bollard at 17th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, which is the northwest corner of the White House complex, according to CNN.

A short time later, according to court records, Reel rode up on a bicycle and climbed over a fence at the north courtyard of the Old Executive Office Building, just west of the White House itself.

He was carrying a can of spray paint, which he dropped as he fled Secret Service agents, the court records allege.

The documents say Reel wasn’t armed when he jumped the fence. But they say investigators found 200 rounds of ammunition, eight knives and two machetes in the Jeep, which caused about $1,000 in damage.

Reel will appear in court on Thursday.

Rebekah said Reel had never voiced animosity toward President Barack Obama.

“We never talked about things like that,” she said.

Rebekah described her husband, who grew up in Franklin, as a quiet guy and said she did not know he left the state following their fight. He worked as a security guard at a local business.

She said she was worried about her husband “like any loving wife would be.”

The couple, who has been married since September 2012, has a four-month-old son.

Asked if she was going to Washington, D.C. to visit Reel, Rebekah said, “Until we know what is going on, we don’t plan on doing anything. I plan on staying here with my son.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Trotwood apartment fatal shooting victim ID’d, suspect in custody

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 12:44 PM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 12:42 PM

TROTWOOD — The man shot to death at a Trotwood apartment on Monday has been identified as Charles McDonald Jr., according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

MORE CRIME NEWS:  Dayton police investigate Dennison Ave. shooting 

McDonald and the suspected gunman have children by the same woman, said Trotwood Police Chief Erik Wilson. 

The children were inside the apartment when the shooting occurred. An adult female who is related to the children’s mother was also there, according to police said.

Police are still working to determine what led to the shooting.

Further details have not been released. 

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Thieves using new trick to lure victims at gas stations

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 3:34 AM


            Thieves using new trick to lure victims at gas stations

Criminals are using decoys to rip off unsuspecting people at gas stations.

“It’s a new twist to an old crime,” Fairburn, Georgia, police Sgt. Mario Jones said.

The crime was caught on tape when three people threw a handbag out the window of a silver Lexus at a South Fulton County gas station and waited for their victim to take notice.

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“When he picked it up to take it inside the store here, that's when the crooks moved in,” Jones said.

Surveillance video captured the 54-year-old man as he stepped away from his car to take the purse inside. Within seconds, a man can be seen jumping from the back of the Lexus and into the victim’s car, stealing a wallet and iPhone.

Harold Byrd told WSBTV.com that he rents his basement apartment to the victim in the video.

“He thought he was being a good Samaritan by taking this handbag to a store clerk, thinking someone had dropped it at the gas station off Senoia Road. But the store’s surveillance video shows something different,” Byrd said.

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The Lexus also was stolen, and police believe the handbag tossed from the window was taken the same way just an hour before, Jones said.

“They got his pocketbook, all his information, my address on it. I worry about that. I’m 82 years old,” Byrd said.

Jones said this could become a new trend.

Byrd told us he won’t rest easy until the suspects are caught.

Anyone who may know the suspects are urged to call police. 

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Trump to renew call for Obamacare repeal as GOP struggles with details

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 3:45 AM
Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 3:59 AM

As President Donald Trump goes to Capitol Hill tonight for his first address to a Joint Session of Congress, both parties fully expect him to again sound the call for action on a repeal of the Obama health law, though GOP lawmakers in Congress admit they still don’t have an internal agreement on how best to replace the Obama health law.

“There is no consensus, whether it be in the Senate or in the House at this particular point,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), the head of the more conservative House Freedom Caucus, as he vowed to vote against a plan currently being floated by GOP leaders.

Meadows and other Republicans were raising red flags over how refundable tax credits might be used to help people afford health care coverage, along with how the GOP might funnel money to states to pay for Medicaid coverage.

“There are serious problems with what appears to be our current path to repeal and replace Obamacare,” said Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), who heads another House GOP group, the Republican Study Committee.

“What we don’t want to do is create a fourth column of entitlement, when we are already trying to reform the others,” Walker said, who was trailed by a pack of reporters in a U.S. Capitol hallway, trying to figure how serious these health care disagreements may be within the GOP.

“Every member in this body on the Republican ran to repeal and replace Obamacare; for us not to do that would be irresponsible,” said Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), who expressed confidence that the GOP will find a way forward, despite some differences at this point.

“I feel very confident,” Yoho said from the Speaker’s Lobby just off the House floor. “The President, the Vice President is committed to it.”

Republicans like Yoho acknowledge the next month and a half of action on health care reform won’t be simple.

“We’re going to be working for the next six weeks on Obamacare,” said Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA). “I think we’re going to hear his (Trump’s) support on that.”

On Monday, President Trump talked health care with the nation’s Governors, as he admitted finding an agreement might not be the easiest political move.

“I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject,” Mr. Trump said.

“Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”

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It’s not clear what exactly the President would support in a bill, as Capitol Hill waits for GOP leaders to reveal the fine print of their health bill.

“There are a number of plans that are working their way through Congress and the Administration,” said Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), who like many other lawmakers is waiting to see what is produced.

President Trump will amplify that call for action on health care tonight before Congress – whether the GOP can follow through is still a question mark.

“We have to do what’s right,” the President said Monday.

“Obamacare is a failed disaster.”

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Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 4:05 AM

Dayton traffic from the WHIO Traffic Center

Check this page for a full list of crashes, disabled vehicles, construction projects and other hazards impacting your commute.

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic .

Sgt. Mark Bowron is updating conditions every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM.

Major Highway Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported.

Surface Street Incidents

  • No incidents have been reported. 

Ongoing Construction & Other Closures 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY 

  • I-75 south ramp to US 35 west will be closed from January 9th to September 30th to replace a bridge deck beam that was not included in the I-75 modernization project. The official detour is: I-75 south to the Edwin C. Moses turn around lane to I-75 north to US 35 west
  • SR 49 south between Brookville-Salem Road and Pleasant Plain Road, Lane closures November 28th through May 31. One southbound lane will remain open at all times. 
  • South Gebhart Church Road between SR 725 and Maue Road, Road Closure February 6th – April 19th. The official detour is: Maue Road to Alexandersville Road to SR 725 to South Gebhart Church Road.
  • SR 49 between Poplar Street and Main Street, road closure March 1st – April 30th. The official detour is: US 40 to SR 503 to SR 722.
  • Old Mill Road between Phillipsburg-Union Road and North Montgomery County Line Road, Road Closure February 6th - May 6th. The official detour is: Phillipsburg-Union Road to Rhinehard Road to North Montgomery County Line Road to Old Mill Road
  • The Webster Street bridge is closed as it is rebuilt. A detour will take drivers to Keowee Street to Monument Avenue. The project is scheduled to be completed in November of 2017 

MIAMI COUNTY 

  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Nightly Lane closures February 28th – March 4th 7 pm and 6 am. One lane will remain open in each direction.
  • I-75 between CR 25A (Piqua) and US 36, Lane width restrictions until June 15th. Lanes are restricted to 12 feet. Two lanes will remain open in each direction. 
  • Statler Road between Cromes Drive and Free Road, road closure until June 15th. The official detour is: Cromes Drive/Looney Road to US 36 to Troy-Sidney Road to Statler Road. 

DARKE COUNTY 

  • SR 571 between US 36 and Jaysville - St. Johns Road, road closure January 16th – March 17th. The official detour is: US 36 to US 127 to SR 49 to SR 721

SHELBY COUNTY 

  • SR 362 between Fort Loramie Swanders Road and Canal Road, road closure February 16th through March 3rd. The official detour is: SR 362 to SR 66
  • Fair Road Ramp to I-75 south, scheduled ramp closure March 13th – 20th. The official detour is: I-75 north to SR 47 to I-75 south.

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